Al Fateh defeat Al Shabab with Abdel-Shafy assist
An Abdel-Shafy assisted goal was enough to separate Al Fateh and Al Shabab in a much needed win to move 7 points clear of the relegation zone. Tunisia international Kader scored the goal on the volley from a trademark Abdel-Shafy cross, with the game providing another ”battle of the Egyptians” between Abdel-Shafy and Barakat.
Al Fateh XI: Al Mazyadei, Hazzazi, Al Dawsari, Al Harbi, Abdel-Shafy, Alfehaid, Manoel, Chenihi, Kader, Al Zaqan, Dos Santos.
Al Shabab XI: Ben Mustapha, Majrashi, Al Fahad, Salem, Ghazi, Al Ammar, Al Khaibari, Ubilla, Barakat, Bahbri, Al Shamrani.
The game got off to a slow start, with Al Shabab dominating possession and the main talking points being early yellow cards for each side through Al Dawsari and Bahbri.
However, Al Fateh came out in the second half all guns blazing and when the ball came to Abdel-Shafy around the halfway line, there was only one thought on his mind as he carried the ball down the wing and displayed excellent vision to find Kader unmarked at the back post, and the Tunisia international made a sweet connection with the ball on the volley to finish past his compatriot Farouk Ben Mustapha.
Like many Egyptians, Amr Barakat is also plying his trade in the Saudi Professional League for the remainder of the season, however he failed to make the same impact that Egypt’s veteran left back did as the game petered out to finish 1-0 to the home side.
The win means that while Al Fateh remain in 9th place, they are now 7 points clear of the relegation zone that they were worryingly close to not long ago. Al Shabab are just ahead in 7th place, however this game provided a setback in their campaign to qualify for the AFC Champions League next season.
Al Fateh’s next game is away at Al Ittihad next Friday, where Abdel-Shafy is scheduled to meet another compatriot in Kahraba. Barakat’s Al Shabab, meanwhile, host league leaders Al Hilal the following day.
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